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Top dining and drinking trends of 2011

Wine on tap, food trucks, robata grills and more trends that blew up this year

December 12, 2011|By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt | RedEye

Old-school butchers
We’re loving the resurgence of indie butcher shops, from Butcher & Larder in Noble Square to Butcher & The Burger in Lincoln Park to all the buzz about Paul Kahan’s Publican Quality Meats (hopefully opening next year in the West Loop).

Banh mi shops
Thanks to a second location of Uptown’s Ba Le in Chinatown, Toni Patisserie & Cafe in the Loop plus Bun Mi Express and Banh Mi & Co. in Lakeview, we have even more places to pick up one of these delish Vietnamese sandwiches.

Fancy BYOBs
The multi-course tasting menus at Goosefoot, a Lincoln Square BYOB restaurant from former Les Nomades chef Chris Nugent, challenge us to do better than our usual $15 quick-grab at the corner liquor store.

Tea service
You won’t catch us pinkies-up at the Drake, but we would consider the modern spins on tea time at Bridgeport’s Pleasant House Bakery or Tipsy Cake in Bucktown.

We can’t get enough of these French sandwich cookies. More, more, more!


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